Definition of hence adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

hence

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//hens//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hens//
 
(formal)
 
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  • for this reason We suspect they are trying to hide something, hence the need for an independent inquiry. Language BankthereforeWays of saying ‘For this reason…’ Today’s children eat more junk food and get less exercise than previous generations of children. It is not surprising, therefore, that rates of childhood obesity are on the increase. Children who grow up on a diet of junk food find it difficult to change this habit later in life. It is essential, therefore, that parents encourage healthy eating from an early age. Children who grow up on a diet of junk food find it difficult to change this habit later in life. For this reason,/This is why it is essential that children eat healthily from an early age. Eating habits formed in childhood tend to continue into adult life. Thus, the best way to prevent heart disease among adults is to encourage healthy eating from an early age. Eating habits formed in childhood tend to continue into adult life, hence the importance of encouraging healthy eating from an early age.
  • Word Origin Middle English hennes (originally meaning ‘from here’): from earlier henne (from Old English heonan, of Germanic origin, related to he) + -s (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound).Idioms
    … days, weeks, etc. hence
     
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    (formal) a number of days, etc. from now The true consequences will only be known several years hence.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hence